Edge-of-Your-Seat Suspense: Cross My Heart and Hope to Die

P.D. Workman
2 min readJan 9, 2024

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I begin this Teaser Tuesday with a warning. Do not start on Cross My Heart by James Patterson if you don’t have Hope to Die queued up to go. Trust me, you’ll want to have it ready and waiting. This is a two-parter, and you will not be happy with where Cross My Heart leaves you hanging.

Both books together make it an epic thriller in the Alex Cross series. Prepare to be captivated from the very first page as Patterson skillfully weaves a web of suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat to the very end. Plenty of colorful characters, suspenseful moments, and tragic reverses!

These two books create an unbeatable two-punch combination, delivering an unforgettable reading experience. Patterson’s word weaving will have you emotionally invested in the fate of Alex Cross’s family and his enthralling quest. Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

He also believed Cross’s family deserved the wickedness to come.

James Patterson, Cross My Heart


The stakes are higher than ever for Alex Cross as he faces his most personal enemy yet: a criminal who threatens his family.

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart: nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex’s strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson’s career.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. But if he does anything to protect them, they will die.

Cross My Heart is the most powerful Alex Cross novel ever, propelled by the ever-ingenious mind of James Patterson, the world’s #1 bestselling writer.



P.D. Workman

Writing riveting mystery, suspense, and young adult fiction about real life issues.